Omar Shakir, MD, MBA -  - Ophthalmologist

Coastal Eye Surgeons

Omar Shakir, MD, MBA

Ophthalmologist & Fellowship Trained Retina Specialist located in Greenwich, CT

Your retinas process light into signals, which your brain turns into images. Given this important role, retinal disease and damage can cause serious vision problems. At Coastal Eye Surgeons in Greenwich, Connecticut, experienced ophthalmologist Omar Shakir, MD, MBA, diagnoses and treats problems with the retina, including detachments, tears, and retinopathy. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool.

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What are signs of a retinal disease?

Your retinas play a crucial role in helping you see clearly. They sense light, which is converted into signals that your brain uses to produce images. Given this function, if you have retinal disease or damage, there are usually serious changes to your vision.

Common signs and symptoms of retinal disease include:  

  • Flashes and floaters 
  • A curtain-like shadow in your vision
  • Decrease in vision
  • Blurry or wavy vision

In some cases, these symptoms appear suddenly. However, retinal disease can also develop slowly, and you may not notice there’s a problem at first. If you only have a retinal disease in one eye, you may adapt and rely more on your other eye. 

Dr. Shakir can detect retinal disease in its earliest stages before it causes vision loss. Regular eye exams are the best way to protect your eye health.

What diseases and conditions affect the retina?

Common retinal diseases and conditions include:

Retinal detachment

Your retina may lift away from the tissue beneath it. Retinal detachment is an emergency.

Retinal tear

A retinal tear is when there’s a break in your retinal tissue. A retinal tear can easily lead to a detachment.

Diabetic retinopathy

A common complication of diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is a serious condition where the blood vessels in your eyes swell and leak. Eventually, new, abnormal blood vessels may grow in your eye, which can lead to blindness. Another complication is diabetic retinal detachment.

Retinal vein occlusion

If you have hardening of the arteries, the veins that carry blood away from your retina may become blocked.

Macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is a common age-related disease where the macula, the part of your retina responsible for your central vision, deteriorates. It can lead to severe vision loss. 

Macular edema

In macular edema, fluid builds up in the macula, leading to blurry, distorted vision. It’s a complication of diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion. 

Macular hole

Your macula can experience a small break called a macular hole, leading to blurry, distorted vision.

Epiretinal membrane

Also known as macular pucker, the epiretinal membrane is where a layer of scar tissue forms on the retina.

Retinal disease is usually treatable, but it can sometimes lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated. If you notice any changes to your vision, schedule an appointment at Coastal Eye Surgeons right away.

How are retinal conditions treated?

Retinal disease varies depending on the condition, but the goal is consistently the same: protecting or restoring your vision to the fullest extent possible. Prompt treatment is the best way to stop the condition from worsening.

Dr. Shakir offers intravitreal injections, which deliver medicine directly to your eye. This can stop abnormal blood vessels from growing.

You may need an in-office procedure to fix your retina and prefer further damage. This includes laser surgery to fix retinal tears and detachment and to shrink or seal leaking blood vessels. Dr. Shakir can use laser surgery techniques to perform a vitrectomy, which replaces scar tissue and damage and allows him better access to your retina.

Not all retinal disease requires surgical treatment. For example, in its early stages, you can manage diabetic retinopathy by controlling your blood sugar. Dr. Shakir determines the best treatment for your condition.

To schedule an appointment, call Coastal Eye Surgeons or use the online booking tool.